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Libraries Score Grants from National Cricket Fundraising Campaign

Libraries Score Grants from National Cricket Fundraising Campaign
22 Jul 2021

Australind and Harvey Libraries were amongst the 54 country libraries to receive funding.

Australind and Harvey Libraries were amongst the 54 country libraries to receive funding from National Backyard Cricket, a fundraising program established by national charity The LBW Trust.

Shire of Harvey President Paul Gillett said the Shire’s libraries offer a range of services to our community, including programs and events for children and parents, computer and digital support, different learning opportunities and classes.

“This funding will support our libraries to continue offering programs and activities for the entire community,” Cr Gillett said.

Australind Library will use the $1,200 grant to purchase new laptops for Coding Club, which is one of the programs the library offers to children.

The $500 grant received by Harvey Library will be used to run a series of learning opportunities for the community, including gardening, arts and crafts, word processing and photography.

National Backyard Cricket raises funds for education projects offered in country libraries across Australia and overseas tertiary education. The funds were the result of the inaugural National Backyard Cricket program which was held around Australia over last summer. In support of country libraries, Harvey Norman have matched the funds raised for libraries enabling the program to support the technology needs of more libraries.

There were 125 games of backyard cricket played during the National Backyard Cricket campaign, with over 320 donors helping to raise more than $125,000. The events were supported by cricketing royalty including; Justin Langer, Alex Blackwell, Ryan Carters, Russel Arnold, Alyssa Healy, Ed Cowan and Michael Holding.

David Vaux, Chair of The LBW Trust said, “This year’s National Backyard Cricket day was an opportunity for families and communities across Australia to come together and have fun playing our iconic game after an extremely challenging 12 months, while supporting an important cause at the same time. We are so thrilled we can support local libraries as we know they have a powerful impact on learning and life outcomes.”

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